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Paper 9914:
ISSUES IN ELECTRONIC PUBLICATION OF IMAGE DATABASES: REPORT FROM A STUDY OF THE MUSEUM EDUCATIONAL SITE LICENSING PROJECT

id 9914
authors Howard Besser
year 1999
title ISSUES IN ELECTRONIC PUBLICATION OF IMAGE DATABASES: REPORT FROM A STUDY OF THE MUSEUM EDUCATIONAL SITE LICENSING PROJECT
source Electronic Publishing ´99. Redefining the Information Chain - New Ways and Voices : Proceedings of an ICCC/IFIP conference held at the University of Karlskrona/Ronneby, Sweden 10-12 May 1999/Edited by John W.T.Smith, Anders Ardö, Peter Linde. Washington D.C.: ICCC Press, 1999. 326 p. ISBN: 1-891365-04-5
summary This paper summarizes the findings of a two-year study of digital image distribution and publication, focusing on the Museum Educational Site Licensing Project (MESL). This study (Besser & Yamashita 1998) evaluated the costs, infrastructure, and efforts involved in implementing the MESL project, as well as user reaction to functionality. The study also examined costs of running analog slide libraries and compared these to costs and functionality associated with digital image distribution.

The MESL Project was the first US attempt to take a collection of images and accompanying metadata from a variety of museums and publish these in digital form on campus networks. It was a two-year experimental collaboration among seven museums and seven universities that distributed over 9,000 digital images and associated text for classroom use.

The study discusses cost-center models for looking at the distribution of digital and analog images, including creating digital images and metadata, mounting and distributing digital images, maintaining a distribution house, running a slide library, and an analysis of hybrid image libraries. It presents a comparison of user interfaces and search engines from the MESL universities. It also reports on the results of focus groups discussing faculty adoption of digital images for classroom use.

keywords digital libraries, images
series ELPUB:1999
type full paper
email howard@sims.berkeley.edu
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